Creativity and mood disorders: The enigmatic case of Isaak Il’ich Levitan (1860–1900)

Vladimir Lerner, Jacob Margolin, Eliezer Witztum

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Abstract

Isaak Levitan (1860–1900) was one of Russia’s most influential landscape artists. He lived a very short life, only 40 years, but left more than 1000 paintings. He suffered from mood fluctuations, and died as a result of serious heart disease. After an introduction related to the issue of creativity and mental disorders, a short biography of Levitan’s life is outlined, followed by some examples of his mood and behavior. A section on the mood’s reflection in Levitan’s professional work is followed by a description of his romantic loves and disappointments and his relationship with his contemporary Russian, the writer Anton Chekhov.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Medical Biography
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2017

Keywords

  • Levitan
  • affective disorders
  • artist
  • creativity
  • depression

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